‘department news’ Category


Events, publications, curricular changes, etc.


The Making of the 2021 Nobel Conference

 2021 Nobel Conference cochairs Tom LoFaro (MCS) and Karl Larson (HES/public health) discuss how this year’s conference came to be in an interview with Nobel Conference director Dr. Lisa Heldke. Click here to listen

Statistician Ella Burnham Joins MCS Department

The MCS Department is excited to welcome Ella Burnham to the department. Ella is a statistician who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 2021. Her research interests lie in studying statistics education, with a specific emphasis on how to teach introductory courses most effectively. Ella is a native of Spencer, Iowa who […]

MCS Department Seminar 4/21 – Danté Tawfeeq

This Wednesday, April 21st, at 2:30pm, we are excited to welcome Danté A. Tawfeeq from John Jay College of Criminal Justice to give a virtual seminar talk titled “The Footprint of Innumeracy and Mathematics Illiteracy in Public School Education” (abstract included below). For the Zoom link, email Melissa Lynn at mklynn@gustavus.edu. The Footprint of Innumeracy […]

“A Sense of Wonder and Beauty” – Seminar on 4/7 at 3:30pm

On Wednesday, 4/7, at 3:30 pm, our supreme chair-being, Dr. Mike Hvidsten, will be giving the MCS Department Seminar talk. Please join us to hear some of Mike’s words of wisdom! Zoom Link: Click Here Seminar Title: A Sense of Wonder and Beauty Seminar Abstract: A good summary of my life would be the title […]

MCS Faculty Book Published

  Tom LoFaro and Jeff Ford have completed their textbook Discovering Dynamical Systems Through Experiment and Inquiry.  The book is published by CRC Press and is available through most on-line booksellers. The book provides an introduction to discrete dynamical systems using Inquiry-based Learning or IBL for short.  As the title of the book suggests, students are led […]

MCS Department Seminar 3/10 – Ami Radunskaya

On Wednesday, March 10th, at 2:30pm, we are excited to welcome Dr. Ami Radunskaya from Pomona College to give a virtual seminar talk about how her love of music has influenced her work in mathematics. The title and abstract are included below, and the Zoom information can be obtained by emailing mklynn@gustavus.edu. We are extra […]

MCS Department Seminar 2/10 – Pamela Harris

On Wednesday, February 10th, at 1:30pm, we are excited to welcome Dr. Pamela Harris from Williams College to give a virtual seminar talk about the mathematics of juggling! We are extra excited to welcome Dr. Harris, as she is one of the mathematicians featured in the book “Power of Numbers” by Talithia Williams, which is […]

MCS Faculty Member Featured on the Learning for Life @ Gustavus Podcast

Dr. Melissa Lynn of the Gustavus Mathematics Computer Science and Statistics Department was featured on the December 15 episode of the Learning for Life @ Gustavus podcast.  Listen to what she had to say by clicking here.

MCS Major Crowned 2020 St. Lucia

The MCS department would like to recognize Mathematics and Computer Science Major Abbie Doran for being crowned St Lucia.  Congratulations Abbie!  Your title is well deserved. You can view a recording of the ceremony and learn more about Abbie and the rest of the candidates here

MCS Department Seminar 12/2 – William Felder

On Wednesday, December 2nd, at 3:30pm, we are excited to welcome Dr. William Felder (of the Gustavus MCS department!) to give a (virtual) seminar talk about an approach to modeling biological populations, and how climate change can be incorporated into these models. Zoom info has been sent through email. If you did not receive this […]